This man was on a P rampage. He was on a comedown and desperate for money to get more. That drug and the evil that it produces is why a little girl will grow up without a dad. It is so sad. Dan told me about what happened at the time. He even drew me a diagram...it all came down to a fraction of a second. The traffic was stopped on the side of the motorway where the police were (westbound)...it had not been stopped on the north/south bound side at the time of the shooting, although it was backed up...this poor kid, being a courier driver...thought he would get through the traffic that he could see was backing up and sped through an empty lane. He was shot as he drove past the truck that Mcdonald was trying to hijack.
A tenth of a second earlier or later and he would still be here. It makes me sick that this guy only got 8 years. The hideous man had well over one hundred previous convictions! It's mental. At what point do you lock someone up and throw away the key? Well before they have 100 convictions, if you ask me.
I mean Helloooo? It's common sense...lock someone in jail and they either think....holy shit that SUCKED mouldy ass so bad that i am going to behave from now on....or they think...heck that was not so bad, i like it even, i am going to keep being naughty so they send me back there...in which case WHO CARES if they are locked up? No one. Not even them, obviously...or else they would have stopped breaking the bloody law.
The family of Halatau Naitoko say they no longer blame the police officer who accidently shot the teenager after a 13 year jail term was handed down today.
The man at the centre of a police chase which led to the accidental shooting of an innocent teenager has been sentenced to 13 years jail with a minimum non-parole period of eight years.
Naitoko, 17, was shot dead as police fired to stop gunman Stephen Hohepa McDonald, 50, who had led them on a chase through Auckland to a final confrontation on the North Western motorway on January 23.
McDonald admitted 23 charges including firing at police, possessing a firearm, aggravated robbery, and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.
Halatau, a courier driver on his way home, died from a police bullet to his chest after being caught in crossfire as McDonald tried to hijack a truck on the motorway.
Police decided not to lay charges against the officer who fired the fatal shot.
Outside court family spokesman Peter Sykes said the sentencing of McDonald "has focused eight months grief caused by his actions. While many have focused on the police role in Halatau's death, the family can now recognise that Halatau would be alive today if McDonald had made different decisions.
"His actions on the January 23, 2009 have forced a family from a normal life to a life publicly scrutinised and privately painful. Every day there are reminders of what happened and what has been lost.
"Questions are being asked of the family that are not normal, everyday questions. The pain is seen in each of the family and in the relationships placed under pressure. The incident has been unsettling and disturbing for the community as well.
"Without a doubt in our minds, now that we have some information what happen in the seconds which took Halatau's life, McDonald behaviour is responsible for Halatau's death."